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Book a research library visit

Request access to Te Aka Matua Research Library – Te Papa’s research and reference resource. Our extensive collection has a special focus on history (New Zealand, Māori, and Pacific), the natural environment, art, photography, and museum studies.

By appointment only

Our library resources are housed in various locations. Reading rooms at Cable Street and Tory Street are open to the public by appointment only. In the form below, please tell us about the kind of material you’re looking for.

Te Aka Matua Research Library reading facilities – find out more

Make a general enquiry through our online contact form

Request a visit

This is an enquiry form only. We’ll contact you within two working days to confirm or discuss your booking.

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Date and time of visit
We require at least 48 hours’ notice to assist with finding material for you, as our library resources are housed in various locations.
Te Aka Matua Reading Room: Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm. Closed public holidays. The Hector Room: Tuesdays and Thursdays only, 9am–12pm. Closed public holidays.
About your visit
Please check our library catalogue to identify resources you are interested in viewing. Note these in your request so we have them available when you visit.
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